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BTN live national telecast for sold out Rec Hall dual at 2 p.m.
Nittany Lions stay unbeaten in front of sold out PPL Center Crowd
Top-ranked squads square off in Allentown
Retherford tops century mark in career wins as one of seven Lion champs
Penn State roars to road dual victory with three pins
NCAA Champion Mark Hall heads into the 2017-18 season looking to become a two-time national title winner. As a true freshman, Hall joined teammate Vincenzo Joseph in becoming Penn State's first two freshmen National Champions last season, part of the Nittany Lions' team title run and 5-0 performance in the national finals. Hall is coming off a summer representing the USA as a member of Team USA's Junior National Team.
Parents: Mark Hall and Melissa Warren -- Major: Kinesiology
2016-17: Ranked #5 by InterMat...went 5-0 at Binghamton Open to win title on 11/13, including two pins, a tech and a major...went 3-1 at MSU Open on 11/20, suffered 8-7 upset in finals to #20 Christian Brucki of Central Michigan to take second...5-0 run at Cleveland State Open earned him second Open title, rolling with three pins and a major...rolled through the 2017 Southern Scuffle field at 174, winning the crown with a 5-0 run, including wins over #3 Casey Kent of Penn (9-4 dec.), a pin of #15 Ryan Priesch of Lehigh and a 6-0 shutout of #6 Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State in the finals...was named Scuffle Outstanding Wrestler...dropped tough 7-5 decision to #13 Alex Meyer at Iowa on 1/20 in collegiate dual debut...first Penn State dual win was a 17-4 major of Wisconsin's Ryan Christensen on 1/27 in Madison...pinned Ohio State's Justin Kresovic (5:21) on 2/3 in Penn State's 32-12 victory in Columbus...16-1 tech fall over #12 Zac Brunson of Illinois on 2/10 in first Rec Hall dual (he had received a forfeit victory two weeks prior)...thrilling 3-2 win over #9 Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State on 2/19, helping lead Penn State to 27-13 win at OSU for NWCA Dual crown.
Big Ten Championships (2-1, Runner-Up, NCAA Qualifier): Big Ten runner-up as a true freshman, going 2-1 with a pin of #24 Jacob Morrissey of Purdue and a win over #11 Zac Brunson of Illinois to reach final...lost hard-fought 4-2 sudden victory decision to #3 Bo Jordan of Ohio State in the final.
NCAA Championships (5-0, Champion, All-American): Avenged the loss to by winning the 2017 NCAA Championship at 174 with a resounding 5-2 win over Jordan in St. Louis...went 5-0 with a major and a tech, including wins over #4 Zach Epperly of Virginia Tech and #1 Zahid Valencia of Arizona State...InterMat Freshman of the Year.
High School/Personal: Came to Penn State after completing one of the nation's most storied high school careers...winner of the 2016 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, became the first person ever to win six Minnesota State High School Championships...concluded an amazing high school career with a 277-4 record, including 171 consecutive wins and 189 career pins...helped guide Apple Valley High School to six-straight state championships, becoming the only wrestler ever to earn 12 combined individual and team state titles...two-time USA Wrestling UWW Junior National Champion, winning the 2016 UWW Junior Freestyle Outstanding Wrestler award...claimed the FILA Cadet World Championship in 2014 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 74 kg.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2016-17||31-3||6-1 (5-1)||25-2 (2-1/5-0)||12-0||3-0||6-0||30||Career||31-3||6-1 (5-1)||25-2 (2-1/5-0)||12-0||3-0||6-0||30|